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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our fall classes are now split between in-person classes and online courses.  We write to the students and parents fairly regularly, and some of the mail does not arrive.  Please mark angelika@germansouthwest.org  as an accepted and acceptable mail sender address in your email program.

Saturday In-Person Classes will start on September 25, 2021, in The Woodlands. Our beginning date was delayed by construction ongoing at the church.  Special projects will continue online and classes for students unable to come to an in-person class.  We also have an ONLINE OPTION on Mondays and Wednesdays for those students who cannot make it to class. It is the same registration as in-person classes; you just need to indicate that you wish to participate in online classes.

Location. Our classes will take place at Spirit of Joy! Lutheran Church, 7550 Crownridge Drive, The Woodlands, TX  77382.

Online ClassesAll online classes are held via Zoom.  You will need access to a computer, laptop, tablet, or phone connected to the internet.  If you have not downloaded Zoom, you can do so at zoom.us, or if you are outside the U.S., at the Zoom website for your country.

We reserve the right to cancel classes that have enrollment of fewer than 5 students.

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General Information about Our Youth Courses


General Information about Our Youth Courses

Click here to register and pay for all child/youth courses

Class Locations. Classes in Cinco Ranch/Katy and Fort Bend County are currently postponed while we search for a suitable location for our school.  Classes in The Woodlands take place at Spirit of Joy! Lutheran Church, 7550 Crownridge Drive, The Woodlands, TX  77382.  Online classes are conducted via Zoom.

Course Materials.  Except as noted, there will be a material fee of $35 for each in-person course, and upper level classes will require purchase of books.

Proficiency Levels. Our students often have different levels of experience in the German language.  In order for proper placement of each student, we determine the level of proficiency on the first day of a course, and form the classes accordingly.

Age Indication for Classes. We indicate the approximate age level of the students in the class in our course descriptions. However, if your child has a birthday during the Fall through Summer Terms and no longer falls in the age group, the student will remain with the teacher with whom the classes started in the fall.

Tuition Discounts. Returning students receive a discount of ten percent for in-person classes, and there usually is an early registration discount for each session (see below).

Cancellation. We reserve the right to cancel a course that does not have the requisite number of students enrolled.

Online Classes.  For our online Zoom classes, you can install a basic, free version of the program at zoom.us.

 

FALL 2021 YOUTH COURSES

Fall 2021 Term – 12 Week Standard In-Person Courses for Children and Teens – The Woodlands – Sep 25 – Dec 18 (Saturdays) and ONLINE CLASSES Sep 27 – Dec 15 (Mondays and Wednesdays)

Classes are held at Spirit of Joy! Lutheran Church, 7550 Crownridge Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77382

  • Saturday In-Person Classes 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 12 Classes – fuer Muttersprachler und nicht Deutsch sprechende Kinder – for heritage speakers and learners of German!
    • September 25 – Evaluation of New Students and First Day of Class
    • September 18 – 25
    • October 2 – 9 – 16 – 23 – 30
    • November 6 – 13 – 20
    • November 27 – Thanksgiving Weekend – no class
    • December 4 – 11
    • December 18 – last day of in-person classes for Fall Term
  • Online ClassesMondays 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. and Wednesdays 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
  • 24 Classes – fuer Muttersprachler und nicht Deutsch sprechende Kinder – for heritage speakers and learners of German!
    • September 27 – 29
    • October 4 – 6 – 11 – 13 – 18 – 20 – 25 – 27
    • November 1 – 3 – 8 – 10 – 15 – 17 – 22 – 24 – 29
    • December 1 – 6 – 8 – 13
    • December 15 – last day of online classes during Fall Term
  • Classes are for children 6 years and older and youths up to 18 years
  • Classes include breaks, if necessary
  • Early Registration ends on Sunday, August 15, 2021 (you get a $15 discount)
  • Regular Registration ends on Sunday, September 5, 2021
  • Late Registration begins on Monday, September 6, 2021 (you pay $20 more for the course)
  • Tuition:  $495 (Returning students receive 10% discount)
  • NO REGISTRATION FEE, Materials Fee $35 (no Materials Fee for online classes)
  • Registration OPEN:  Please register here.

FALL 2021 SPECIAL PROJECTS

Fall 2021 – Online Preparation Classes for Goethe Exams A1, A2, and B1

Fall 2021 – 3-Week Online Intensive Exam Preparation for “Goethe-Certificate A1 – Fit in Deutsch 1” for Pre-Teens and Teenagers (10-16 years) – Aug 28 – Sep 22

The Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Fit in Deutsch 1 is a German exam for children and young people between 10 and 16 years of age. It certifies that candidates have acquired very basic language skills and corresponds to the first level (A1) on the six-level scale of competence laid down in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Participation in a preparatory class for the Goethe exams does not automatically register and enroll a student in the actual exams. Click here for information, dates, and deadlines of the Goethe Exams. Click here for registration for the Goethe Exams.

In order to take part in the classes, the student will need access to a computer, laptop, tablet or phone connected to the internet. See the course description below.

9 Classes – for students who wish to prepare for the Exam for the Goethe Certificate A1 Fit in Deutsch for Pre-Teens and Teenagers

Classes are for youths 10-16 years; Students under 12 years of age require a recommendation of their teacher

  • Classes on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 – 6:30 pm
    • Aug 30
    • Sept 1, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, and 29
  • Early Registration ends on August 15, 2021 (you get a $7.00 discount)
  • Regular Registration ends on August 22, 2021
  • Late Registration begins on August 23, 2021 (you pay $10.00 more)
  • Tuition: $237.50 (Returning Students receive a 10% Discount)
  • NO REGISTRATION FEE
  • Registration OPEN.  Please register here.

Class Content:

This class is appropriate for students who have already attended German classes on levels A1.1 – A1.3 or have a similar command of the German language. By practicing model tests and simulating real exam situations, students will review important study content and become familiar with the demands of the exam and with the procedures of this specific test. Our teachers will provide students with strategies for success in all four parts of the exam: reading, listening, writing and speaking.

Course Material: paper, pencil

Fall 2021 – 3-Week Online Class :  Practice and Strategies for the Goethe Certificate A1: Start Deutsch 1 Exam for Young Persons and Adults (16 years and above) – Oct 8 – 29

The Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1 is a German exam for adults. It certifies that candidates have acquired very basic language skills, and corresponds to the first level (A1) on the six-level scale of competence laid down in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Participation in a preparatory class for the Goethe exams does not automatically register and enroll a student in the actual exams.  Click here for information, dates, and deadlines of the Goethe Exams. Click here for registration for the Goethe Exams.

In order to take part in the classes, the student will need access to a computer, laptop, tablet or phone connected to the internet. See the course description below.

 9 Classes – for students who wish to prepare for the Exam for the Goethe Certificate A1: Start Deutsch 1 for teenagers and adults

Classes are for teenagers and adults (16 and above)

  • Classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
    • Oct 8, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27 and 29
  • Early Registration ends on September 5, 2021 (you get a $7.00 discount)
  • Regular Registration ends on September 26, 2021
  • Late Registration begins on September 27, 2021 (you pay $10.00 more)
  • Tuition: $237.50 (Returning Students receive a 10% Discount)
  • NO REGISTRATION FEE
  • Registration OPEN.  Please register here.

Class Content:

This class is appropriate for students who have already attended German classes on levels A1.1 – A1.3 or have a similar command of the German language. By practicing model tests and simulating real exam situations, students will review important study content and become familiar with the demands of the exam and with the procedures of this specific test. Our teachers will provide students with strategies for success in all four parts of the exam: reading, listening, writing and speaking.

Course Material: paper, pencil

Fall 2021 – 3-Week Online:  Practice and Strategies for the Goethe Certificate A2 Exam for Young Persons and Adults (16 years and above) – Oct 8 – 29

 The Goethe-Zertifikat A2 is a German exam for young persons and adults. It requires elementary language skills and corresponds to the second level (A2) on the six-level scale of competence laid down in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Participation in a preparatory class for the Goethe exams does not automatically register and enroll a student in the actual exams.  Click here for information, dates, and deadlines of the Goethe Exams. Click here for registration for the Goethe Exams.

In order to take part in the classes, the student will need access to a computer, laptop, tablet or phone connected to the internet. See the course description below.

 9 Classes – for students who wish to prepare for the Exam for the Goethe Certificate A2 for young persons and adults

Classes are for teenagers and adults (16 and above)

  • Classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 6:15 – 7:15 pm
    • Oct 8, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27 and 29
  • Early Registration ends on September 5, 2021 (you get a $7.00 discount)
  • Regular Registration ends on September 26, 2021
  • Late Registration begins on September 27, 2021 (you pay $10.00 more)
  • Tuition: $237.50 (Returning Students receive a 10% Discount)
  • NO REGISTRATION FEE
  • Registration OPEN.  Please register here.

Class Content:

This course is appropriate for students who have already attended German classes on all levels A2 or have similar command of language. By practicing model tests and simulating real exam situations, students will revise important study content and become familiar with the demands of the exam and with the procedures of this specific test. Our teachers will provide students with strategies for success in all four parts of the exam: reading, listening, writing and speaking.

Course Material: paper, pencil

Fall 2021 – 3-Week Online: Practice and Strategies for the Goethe Certificate B1 Exam for Young Persons and Adults (16 years and above) – Oct 8 – 29

The Goethe-Zertifikat B1 is a German exam for young persons and adults. It certifies that candidates are independent users of the German language, and corresponds to the third level (B1) on the six-level scale of competence laid down in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Participation in a preparatory class for the Goethe exams does not automatically register and enroll a student in the actual exams.  Click here for information, dates, and deadlines of the Goethe Exams. Click here for registration for the Goethe Exams.

In order to take part in the classes, the student will need access to a computer, laptop, tablet or phone connected to the internet. See the course description below.

 9 Classes – for students who wish to prepare for the Exam for the Goethe Certificate B1 for young people and adults

Classes are for teenagers and adults (16 and above)

  • Classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 7:30 – 8:30 pm
    • Oct 8, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27 and 29
  • Early Registration ends on September 5, 2021 (you get a $7.00 discount)
  • Regular Registration ends on September 26, 2021
  • Late Registration begins on September 27, 2021 (you pay $10.00 more)
  • Tuition: $237.50 (Returning Students receive a 10% Discount)
  • NO REGISTRATION FEE
  • Registration OPENS.  Please register here.

Class Content:

This course is appropriate for students who have already attended German classes on all levels of B1 or have a similar command of the German language. By practicing model tests and simulating real exam situations, students will revise important study content and become familiar with the demands of the exam, as well as with the procedures of this specific test. Our native speaking teachers will provide students with strategies to be successful in all four parts of the exam: reading, listening, writing and speaking.

Course Material: paper, pencil

Fall 2021 – 4-Week Online Special Workshops for Intermediate 9-14 Year Olds

Fall 2021 – 4-Week Online Reading Workshop for Advanced Young Students (9-14 years) – Join us for this Fun Reading Adventure! – Emil und die Detektive by Erich Kästner – A classic of German Literature – September 9 – 30

 In order to participate in the classes, your child will need access to a computer, laptop, tablet or phone connected to the internet. See the course description below.

8 Classes – for advanced German speakers

Classes are for youths 9-14 years

  • Classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays – 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
    • Sept 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, and 30
  • Early Registration ends on August 15, 2021 (you get a $5.00 discount)
  • Regular Registration ends on September 5, 2021
  • Late Registration begins on September 6, 2021 (you pay $8.00 more)
  • Tuition: $147.50 (Returning Students receive a 10% Discount)
  • NO REGISTRATION FEE
  • Registration OPEN.  Please register here.

Class Content:

Students meet Emil, who for the first time is allowed to take the train alone to visit his grandmother in Berlin. Promptly, all his money gets stolen on the way. But with his new friends, Emil tracks down the thief. Together they chase him, all over the big capital of Germany.

Exciting tasks and engaging activities enable students to develop their German vocabulary and their communication skills in a fun and meaningful context.

Course Material: paper, pencil;

Book: Einfach lesen – Emil und die Detektive, edited by Cornelsen – https://www.ibiservice.com/product-p/9783464601662.htm

Fall 2021 – 4-Week Online Grammar Spotlight for Advanced Young Students (9-14 Years) – October 5 – 28 – Learn Past Tense in German with the History of the Berlin Wall

 In order to participate in the classes, your child will need access to a computer, laptop, tablet or phone connected to the internet. See the course description below.

Classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays – 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Classes are for youths 9-14 years

  • 8 Classes – for intermediate/advanced German speakers
    • Oct 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, and 28
  • Early Registration ends on September 5, 2021 (you get a $5.00 discount)
  • Regular Registration ends on September 26, 2021
  • Late Registration begins on September 27, 2021 (you pay $8.00 more)
  • Tuition:  $147.50 (Returning Students receive a 10% Discount)
  • NO REGISTRATION FEE
  • Registration OPEN.  Please register here.

Class Content:

Students dive into the fascinating history of the Berlin Wall and with fun tasks and engaging activities learn to talk about events that happened in the past.

Course Material: paper, pencil

Fall 2021 4-Week Online Reading Workshop for Advanced Young Students (Years 9-14) – November 2 – 30 Join us for this Fun Adventure! Rico, Oskar und die Tieferschatten  by Andreas Steinhöfel – A Bestseller for Young Readers

 In order to participate in the classes, your child will need access to a computer, laptop, tablet or phone connected to the internet. See the course description below.

Classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays – 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Classes are for youths 9-14 years old

  • 8 Classes – for advanced German speakers
    • Nov 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, and 30
  • Early Registration ends on October 3, 2021 (you get a $5.00 discount)
  • Regular Registration ends on October 24, 2021
  • Late Registration begins on October 25, 2021 (you pay $8.00 more)
  • Tuition: $147.50 (Returning Students receive a 10% Discount)
  • NO REGISTRATION FEE
  • Registration OPENS SOON.  Please register here.

Class Content:

Students meet Rico, a student at a support center, and the gifted student Oscar, who both are unusual friends. Their friendship is put to the test when Oskar is kidnapped and Rico wants to solve the case.

Exciting tasks and engaging activities enable students to develop their German vocabulary and their communication skills in an enjoyable and meaningful context.

Course Material: Paper, pencil

Book: Einfach lesen – Rico, Oskar und die Tieferschatten, edited by Cornelsen.  The link for the book is https://www.cornelsen.de/produkte/einfach-lesen-rico-oskar-und-die-tieferschatten-ein-leseprojekt-nach-dem-gleichnamigen-jugendbuch-von-andreas-steinhoefel-arbeitsbuch-mit-loesungen-niveau-1-9783062003233 You can order this book from www.ibiservice.com. Enter the ISBN 9783062003233 in the upper left corner of the first page  – in the box labeled BOOK SEARCH and take it from there.

Fall 2021 – 3-Week Online Writing Workshop for Advanced Young Students (9-14 Years) – December 2 – 21 – Learn to write instructions in German in der Werkstatt vom Weihnachtsmann (Santa´s workshop)

 In order to participate in the classes, your child will need access to a computer, laptop, tablet or phone connected to the internet. See the course description below.

Classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays – 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Classes are for youths 9-14 years

  • 6 Classes – for advanced German speakers
    • Dec 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, and 21
  • Early Registration ends on October 31, 2021 (you get a $5.00 discount)
  • Regular Registration ends on November 21, 2021
  • Late Registration begins on November 22, 2021 (you pay $8.00 more)
  • Tuition:  $111.50 (Returning Students receive a 10% Discount)
  • NO REGISTRATION FEE
  • Registration OPENS SOON.  Please register here.

Class Content:

Students help the Weihnachtsmann to get ready for Christmas and become experts in writing step-by-step instructions.

Course Material: Pencil and some colorful crayons; paper, scissors, and a glue stick

 

WINTER TERM 2022

Winter Term 2022:  January 4 – April 9, 2022
Spring Break 2022:  March 11 – 18, 2022
Easter Saturday 2022:  April 16, 2022
Early Registration: October 31, 2021 – November 28, 2021
Regular Registration: November 29, 2021 – December 26, 2021
Late Registration Begins:  December 27, 2021

SPRING TERM 2022

Spring Term 2022:  April 16 – May 21, 2022
Early Registration:  February 7 – March 6, 2022
Regular Registration:  March 7 – April 3, 2022
Late Registration Begins:  April 4, 2022

SUMMER TERMS 2022

Summer Term I 2022:  TBA
Early Registration:  April 1 – May 1, 2022
Regular Registration: May 2 – May 29, 2022
Late Registration Begins:  May 30, 2022

Summer Term II 2022:  TBA
Early Registration:  TBA
Regular Registration:  TBA
Late Registration Begins:  TBA

FALL TERM 2022

Fall Term 2022: September 10 – December 3, 2022
Early Registration:  July 4, 2022 – July 31, 2022
Regular Registration:  August 1, 2022 – August 28, 2022
Late Registration Begins:  August 29, 2022

WINTER TERM 2023

Winter Term 2023:  January 3 – April 8, 2023
Spring Break 2023:  March 10 – 17, 2023
Easter Saturday 2023:  April 8, 2023
Early Registration:  October 24 – November 20, 2022
Regular Registration: November 21 – December 18, 2022
Late Registration Begins:  December 19, 2022

SPRING TERM 2023

Spring Term 2023:  April 15 – May 20, 2023
Early Registration:  February 6 – March 5, 2023
Regular Registration:  March 6 – April 2, 2023
Late Registration Begins:  April 3, 2023

SUMMER TERMS 2023

Summer Term I 2023:  TBA
Early Registration:  March 27 – April 23, 2023
Regular Registration:  April 24 – May 21, 2023
Late Registration Begins:  May 22, 2023

Summer Term II 2023:  TBA
Early Registration:  TBA
Regular Registration:  TBA
Late Registration Begins:  TBA

FALL TERM 2023

Fall Term 2023: September 9 – December 2, 2023
Early Registration:  July 3, 2023 – July 30, 2023
Regular Registration:  July 31, 2023 – August 27, 2023
Late Registration Begins:  August 28, 2023

WINTER TERM 2024

Winter Term 2024:  January 2 – April 6, 2024
Spring Break 2024:  March 14 – 21, 2024 (dep. on Conroe ISD, dates N/A on date of publication)
Easter Saturday 2024:  March 30, 2024
Early Registration:  October 23 – November 19, 2023
Regular Registration:  November 20 – December 17, 2023
Late Registration Begins:  December 18, 2023

SPRING TERM 2024

Spring Term 2024:  April 8 – May 18, 2024
Early Registration:  February 4 – March 3, 2024
Regular Registration:  March 4 – 31, 2024
Late Registration Begins:  April 1, 2024

SUMMER TERMS 2024

Summer Term I 2024:  TBA
Early Registration:  March 25 – April 21, 2024
Regular Registration:  April 22 – May 19, 2024
Late Registration Begins:  May 20, 2024

Summer Term II 2024:  TBA
Early Registration:  TBA
Regular Registration:  TBA
Late Registration Begins:  TBA

FALL TERM 2024

Fall Term 2024: September 3 – November 30, 2024
Early Registration:  June 30 – July 28, 2024
Regular Registration:  July 29, 2024 – August 25, 2024
Late Registration Begins:  August 26, 2024

WINTER TERM 2025

Winter Term 2025:  January 2 – April 5, 2025
Spring Break 2025:  March 7 – 14, 2025 (dep. on Conroe ISD, dates N/A on date of publication)
Easter Saturday 2025:  April 19, 2025
Early Registration:  October 21 – November 17, 2024
Regular Registration: November 18 – December 22, 2024
Late Registration Begins:  December 23, 2024

SPRING TERM 2025

Spring Term 2025:  April 12 – May 17, 2025
Early Registration:  February 3 – March 2, 2025
Regular Registration:  March 3 – 30, 2025
Late Registration Begins:  March 31, 2025

SUMMER TERMS 2025

Summer Term I 2025:  TBA
Early Registration:  March 24 – April 20, 2025
Regular Registration:  April 21 – May 18, 2025
Late Registration Begins:  May 19, 2025

Summer Term II 2025:  TBA
Early Registration:  TBA
Regular Registration:  TBA
Late Registration Begins:  TBA

FALL TERM 2025

Fall Term 2025: September 9 – December 6, 2025
Early Registration:  June 23 – July 20, 2025
Regular Registration:  July 21, 2025 – August 17, 2025
Late Registration Begins:  August 18, 2025

 

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